(China – )
11.3 x 9.5 cm
The ewer is in a gourd form with a curved tapering spout and a handle in the shape of a 'chi' dragon. It is decorated with splashed brown iron spots, and covered with a 'qingbai' bluish-toned glaze. The advent of the Mongol Yuan dynasty saw no marked disruption to Southern Song traditions but did see the introduction of new decorative techniques both applied and painted. Moulded and modelled applique were used, with beading and studding as the two principal techniques. The elaboration of handle loops into serpentine 'chi' dragons was a distinctive achievement of the Yuan potters, adding an exuberant and fanciful dimension to the otherwise restrained Song ceramic forms.
Asian Art Department, AGNSW, January 2012
John Guy, Oriental trade ceramics in southeast Asia, 10th to 16th century: selected from Australian collections, including the Art Gallery of South Australia and the Bodor Collection, Melbourne, 1980, 42. plate no. 37
Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Export Ceramics', Sydney, 2003, 135 (colour illus.).
Oriental Trade Ceramics in Southeast Asia 10th to 16th Century:
Dragon (2012), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 18 Jan 2012–06 May 2012